Keyboard and mouse

Setting up your keyboard and mouse

Setting up your keyboard and mouse


When using your keyboard, it should be directly in front of your body at a distance that feels comfortable and supportive for your arms and shoulders.

The slope of your keyboard should be as close to the flat position as possible. This is largely determined by what feels comfortable. However, there should be a good straight alignment across your forearms, wrists and hands. Where possible, you should keep the feet at the rear of the keyboard lowered to minimise the height and angle of the keyboard.

You might prefer to use a keyboard without a numeric pad, as this reduces the keyboard width and allows you to reach less for the mouse.

Try not to anchor your wrists on the desk while typing. Your wrists should be slightly extended upwards (10-20 degrees) creating a sharp angle at the wrist joint. You might find a wrist pad, no higher than the keyboard, helpful in reducing wrist stress.


Your mouse should fit your hand so that the padded sections of your palm connect with the desktop.

Position your mouse directly to the right or left hand side of your keyboard.

When using your mouse:

  • relax your shoulders
  • keep your elbows close to the sides of your body
  • support your forearm on the desktop
  • keep your wrist still, do not move it from side to side
  • keep your middle finger in a straight line with your forearm, and
  • use circular, smooth, whole arm movements.